Washington Post, By: Sharon McLoone

The top senators on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee yesterday sent a letter to the Small Business Administration requesting that the agency extend the comment period and publish data relating to a rule that would implement a procurement program for women-owned businesses.

Panel Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) and its top Republican, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) asked that comments remain open until Jan. 30, 2009...

"More time is needed to ensure every interested party has a chance to voice their concerns about the way the SBA is attempting to implement this vital program," said Kerry. "Eight years ago, when Congress passed this law, our intent was to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs. Instead, the administration has undermined the program and given us a ruling that creates more roadblocks, doing nothing to make it easier for women to compete." 

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